have a chip on one's shoulder

idiom

Definition of have a chip on one's shoulder

informal
: to have an angry or unpleasant attitude or way of behaving caused by a belief that one has been treated unfairly in the past He has had a chip on his shoulder ever since he didn't get the promotion he was expecting.

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